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Meaning of Idiom 'In Stock'

The idiom in stock refers to items for sale in retail establishments. When an item is 'in stock' the store or online business has one or more of the items physically in inventory, on the premises or in a warehouse, and available for purchase. 1

See out of stock.


"I hate buying shoes. They never have my size in stock."

"We have sold out of the new phones but we'll have more in stock for you by tomorrow."

"Let me check to see if we have that item in stock."


c. Early 1900's.

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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